Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2023

18 CFI CURATED Artwork will play a pivotal role in enhancing guest experiences onboard several of the newest ships setting sail in 2023 and beyond. Some examples include Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Grandeur, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Viva, and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s fleet of luxury yachts. Consultancy firm Enterprise & Art curated the art collection onboard The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s first vessel Evrima, which debuted in October 2022, and is currently working on second ship Ilma, which is due to debut in 2024. The bespoke art collection onboard Evrima includes a piece by Netherlands-based artist Rob Plattel made up of abalone shells he collected, dried and placed in a pattern resembling waves to remind guests of the serenity and beauty of nature. “Artwork is the last thing to be installed, but the first thing that guests will see, which makes it a key item in the perception of a space,” said Erik Hermida, director of Enterprise & Art. “It should sum up and convey the image and intention of the space, the cruise line and the ship for guests. Appreciation of art is highly personal and nowadays guests share multitudes of images on social media, artwork has to be spot on more than ever.” Seven Seas Grandeur will embrace this concept too, creating a unique experience for guests when it embarks on its first voyage in November 2023 with the first Fabergé egg to be part of a permanent at-sea exhibition. Named Journey in Jewels, the egg was created as part of a collaboration between Regent Seven Seas and the House of Fabergé to pay homage to the oceans and the cruise line’s dedication to luxury. The design was inspired by the jeweller’s 1913 Winter Egg. It features seven waves wrapping around the egg, representing the seven seas, with pearls adorning the crest of each wave. “Seven Seas Grandeur was inspired by the culmination of a 30-year heritage of perfection,” said Andrea DeMarco, president of Regent Seven Seas. “The interiors of our new ship, while works of art themselves, also had to compliment the unrivalled art collection on board. The pièce de résistance of Seven Seas Grandeur’s dazzling collection is the bespoke, hand-crafted Journey in Jewels objet d’art.” To further enhance the connection between guests and art, Regent Seven Seas has partnered with Fabergé’s curatorial director Dr Géza von Habsburg to offer exclusive sailings that focus on Fabergé’s origins across Scandinavia and Northern Europe and its connection to Great Britain. The sailings will take place onboard Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Grandeur in June 2023 and July 2024, respectively. Artwork is being used onboard ships to invoke a sense of luxury, create engagement with guests and connect with the destinations they are travelling to How cruise lines are enhancing onboard experiences through art The design of Journey in Jewels was inspired by the seas it will sail on